Member of Royal Academy Opera
Award-winning soprano Clara Orif currently performs with Royal Academy of Music Opera and is an Oxford Song Emerging Artist. She was a semi finalist in the 2023 Marmande International Song Competition in France and runner-up in the 2023 Pavarotti Prize Competition. Her recent stage performances include the role of Ginevra in the Royal Academy’s 2023 production of Handel’s Ariodante, Fanny in Rossini’s La cambiale di martrimonio, Barbarina in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Iphis in Haendel’s Jephtha. Born in Paris into a French-Scottish family, she is currently based in London. Clara is generously supported by the London Women’s Clinic Foundation Award.
Soprano Clara Orif currently performs with Royal Academy Opera and is an Oxford Lieder Emerging Artist. Born in Paris into a Scottish family and based in London, Clara Orif started out her singing career at a very early age at the renowned Maîtrise de Radio France, under the direction of Sofi Jeannin. Alongside her vocal studies, she successfully trained as an organist at the Conservatoire Régional de Paris (CRR). After graduating in Musicology from La Sorbonne in Paris, she joined the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Mary Nelson, James Baillieu and Jonathan Papp, to complete a Master’s degree in Voice (2022).
Clara Orif was a semifinalist in the 2023 Marmande International Singing Competition and the runner-up in the prestigious Pavarotti Prize Competition. Clara is also a winner of the Richard Lewis / Jean Shanks Award and the Isabel Jay prize (2022). She is generously supported by the London Women’s Clinic Foundation Award.
Clara Orif’s engagements include the roles of Adina, Marie, and Armida, and was Iphis in Haendel’s Jephtha at the 2023 Petersfield Festival. After playing Barbarina in the Royal Academy’s production of The Marriage of Figaro, Clara took up the leading role of Fanny in its production of Rossini’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio and played the title role in its 2023 production of Handel’s Ariodante. Clara works with the English Touring Opera and has been collaborating as a solist since 2020 with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Chorus in their productions of Fauré’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Haydn’s Nelson Mass.